Iain Couzin – CV

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Personal Details

  • Name: Iain Douglas Couzin
  • Nationality: British

Education

  • B.Sc., University of St. Andrews (Biology, 1st class honours).
  • Ph.D., University of Bath “Collective Animal Behaviour”.
  • M.A., Balliol College, University of Oxford.

Employment

  • (Feb 2013 – present) Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University
  • (Nov 2007 – Jan 2013) Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University.
  • Associate Faculty, Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics, Princeton University.
  • Associate Faculty, Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University
  • Associate Faculty, Quantitative and Computational Biology, Princeton University
  • Associate Faculty, Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering, Princeton University
  • (2005 – 2007) Royal Society University Research Fellow, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford.
  • (2003 – 2005) Research Fellow, Department of Zoology & Centre for Mathematical Biology, University of Oxford.
  • (2003 – 2006) Junior Research Fellow in the Sciences, Balliol College, University of Oxford.
  • (2002 – 2005) Visiting Research Fellow, Pew Program in Biocomplexity, Princeton University (with Simon Levin).
  • (2000 – 2002) Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Leeds (with Jens Krause).

Honors / Awards / Named Lectures

  • (2013) The Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor, University of Bristol
  • (2013) Visiting Professor, University of Edinburgh
  • (2012) National Geographic’s Emerging Explorer Award
  • (2012) The Jacob Marschak Address, UCLA Anderson School of Management
  • (2012) Top 5 most cited articles of the decade (1999-2010), LabTimes publication analysis of animal behavior research, Europe (http://www.labtimes.org)
  • (2012) The Annual Murray Lecturer, University of Sydney, Australia
  • (2012) The Murray Visiting Professor, University of Sydney, Australia
  • (2012) Visiting Professor, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • (2012) National Geographic Emerging Explorers Award
  • (2012) Bernard Rothenberg Lecture in Biology and Public Policy
  • (2012) Keynote Address, Max-Planck Symposium, Berlin
  • (2012) The Research Keynote Address, NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference, San Jose
  • (2012) Public Lecture, Harvard University Museum of Natural History
  • (2012) Named on the ‘N.J. Brainpower List, “Jersey’s 20 Biggest Brains”
  • (2011) The Prosser Lecture, Dartmouth College
  • (2011) The Blundon Lecture, Nova Scotia
  • (2011) The Storer Lecture, UC Davis
  • (2011) Public Lecture, Santa Fe Institute Community Lecture, James A. Little Theatre, Santa Fe
  • (2011) PopTech Science and Public Leadership Fellow & speaker at PopTech Conference, Maine
  • (2011 – ) BigThink Delphi Fellow
  • (2010) Popular Science Magazine’s ‘Brilliant 10′ Award, PopSci link to the story
  • (2010) Public Lecture, Center of Science and Industry, Columbus, Ohio
  • (2010) Distinguished Lecturer, Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences and Center for Scientific Computing, Canada
  • (2009) Mohammed Dahleh Award
  • (2009) Top 10 most cited articles in 2009, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London
  • (2009 – ) Member of the Faculty 1000 Biology
  • (2008) Searle Scholar Award. See the Searle website for further information.
  • (2008) The Marsden Lecture, McGill University, Canada
  • (2005 – 2007) Royal Society University Research Fellowship.
  • (2003 – 2007) Elected Junior Research Fellow in the Sciences, Balliol College, University of Oxford.
  • (2002 – 2005) Fellow of the Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University.
  • (2004) Scientist in residence (invited), thematic institute “From Many-Particle Physics to Multi-Agent Systems”, Max-Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden.
  • (2003) Fellow of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, University of Bielefeld.
  • (2002) Visiting postdoctoral fellowship, Pew Program in Biocomplexity, Princeton University.
  • (2001) Visiting scientist, “From individual to collective behaviour in biological systems” programme, Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge University.
  • (1995) Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, Research Fellowship, University of St. Andrews.
  • (1994) Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, Vacation Scholarship, University of St. Andrews.

Editorships and Editorial Boards

  • (2012 – present) Movement Ecology, Editor.
  • (2009 – present) Faculty of 1000 Biology.
  • (2008 – 2011) Behavioral Ecology, Editor.
  • (2008 – present) PLoS Computational Biology, Guest Editor.
  • (2008 – present) Journal of Nonlinear Science, Editorial Board.
  • (2007 – present) Advances in Complex Systems, Associate Editor.

Other relevant activities

  • (2008 – present) Founding Advisory Board Member, National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.
  • (2007) Adviser to the NSF bio-directorate on systems biology.
  • (2007 – present) Consultant and researcher for H.M. Government on human crowd behaviour.
  • (2004 – 2006) Invited by Sir David King, Chief Scientific Advisor to H.M. Government, to advise the Department of Trade and Industry..
  • (2001) Founded “Eciton Software” computer vision company.
  • (1999 – present) Scientific advisor and 3D computer simulation developer, BBC Natural History Unit, Bristol. Internationally broadcast series include “Predators”, “Animal Camera” and “Massive Nature” (BBC1).
  • (1999 – present) Computer vision consultant and software developer for Syngenta UK (formerly Astra-Zeneca and Novartis).

Conferences

  • (2009) Program Committee Member, Swarm Cognition Workshop, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • (2009) Senior Program Committee Member, 21st Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Pasadena, USA.
  • (2004) Scientific coordinator (with F. Schweitzer), international workshop on “Multi-agent Systems – Swarms, Ecology and Society”, Max-Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden.
  • (2004) Scientific coordinator (with F. Schweitzer), international workshop on “Multi-agent Systems – Swarms, Ecology and Society”, Max-Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden.
  • (2003) Organiser (with S. Simpson), International Workshop on Collective Behaviour, University of Oxford.
  • (2003) Program committee member, 2nd International Workshop on the mathematics and Algorithms of Social Insects, Atlanta, Georgia.

Selected Invited International Presentations

  • (2013) Plenary Speaker, Behaviour 2013, Newcastle, UK
  • (2012) Keynote Speaker, Max-Planck Symposium on Biodiversity, Berlin
  • (2012) Departmental Seminar, Department of Mathematics, University of Pittsburgh
  • (2011) Departmental Seminar, Department of Organismal and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
  • (2011) Departmental Seminar, Department of Psychology, Harvard University
  • (2011) The Storer Lecture, UC Davis
  • (2011) The Blundon Lecture, Nova Scotia
  • (2011) Public Lecture, Santa Fe Institute Community Lecture, James A. Little Theatre, Santa Fe
  • (2011) Speaker, AAAS Annual Meeting, Washington DC
  • (2011) Plenary Lecture, Workshop on insect self-organization and swarming, Mathematical Biosciences Institute, Ohio State University
  • (2011) Plenary Speaker, BIOCOMPLEXITY XI, The Evolution of Cooperation, Bloomington, Indiana
  • (2011) The Secret Science Club, The Bell House, Brooklyn, NYC
  • (2011) Graduate Student Invited Speaker, Tufts University
  • (2011) Graduate Student Invited Speaker, University of Florida
  • (2011) Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior, Seminar Series, Michigan State University
  • (2011) Woods Hole Marine Biology Laboratory, Woods Hole
  • (2011) Ernst Strungmann Forum, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies
  • (2011) Seminar, Institute of Evolution, University of Haifa, Israel
  • (2010) Public Lecture “A Perfect Swarm” at the Center for Science and Industry, sponsored by the Mathematical Biosciences Institute, Ohio State University
  • (2010) Plenary Address, International Union for the Study of Social Insects XVI Congress, Copenhagen
  • (2010) Keynote Address, Forum for the Future of Complex Systems, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
  • (2010) Distinguished Speaker, Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences and the Center for Scientific Computing at Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • (2010) Radiolab’s AWE-MAGEDDON Live Show, Manhattan, NYC
  • (2010) The Secret Science Club, Brooklyn, NYC
  • (2010) EVoS Seminar, Binghamton University
  • (2010) Departmental Seminar, Department of Biology, Tel Aviv University
  • (2010) Departmental Seminar, Department of Physics, University of Maryland
  • (2010) Lecturer, Complex Systems Summer School, Santa Fe
  • (2010) Microbes to Metazoans: Regulation, Dynamics and Evolution of Social Behavior, Georgia Tech
  • (2010) Workshop on Nonlinear Dynamics of Networks, University of Maryland
  • (2010) Workshop in honor of Danny Cohen’s 80th Birthday, Jerusalem, Israel
  • (2009) World Science Festival, Manhattan, NYC
  • (2009) Department of Neurobiology Seminar, Weizmann Institute, Israel
  • (2009) Sloan-Schwartz Annual Meeting on Computational Neuroscience, Harvard University
  • (2009) Applied Mathematics Colloquium, Cornell University
  • (2009) National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council Meeting, Bethesda
  • (2009) Robotics Institute Seminar, Canegie Mellon University
  • (2009) Ecology Seminar, University of Pennsylvania
  • (2009) DARPA Microsystems Technology Office Symposium, San Jose
  • (2009) Emergent Communication Workshop, Princeton University
  • (2009) Collective Decision-Making: From Neurons to Societies, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe
  • (2008) Keynote address, 3rd International Symposium of Formation Flying, Missions and Technologies, European Space Agency
  • (2008) NIH Modeling Social Behavior Meeting, Bethesda, MD.
  • (2008) Workshop on Complex Systems, National Science Foundation, Washington DC.
  • (2008) Renaissance Technologies Colloquium, Long Island, NY.
  • (2008) Session Leader, Collective Animal Motion, Gordon Research Conference on Theoretical Biology and Biomathematics, Italy.
  • (2008) Annual Marsden Lecture, McGill University
  • (2007) Divisional Seminar, Division of Biology, Caltech.
  • (2007) Special Seminar, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology, University of Chicago.
  • (2007) Departmental Seminar, Mechanical Engineering, MIT.
  • (2007) Plenary Speaker, International Conference on Complex Systems, Boston.
  • (2007) Plenary Speaker, BIOCOMP 2007, Italy.
  • (2007) Guest Lecturer, Workshop on Biology of Social Cognition, MRC / Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Oxford.
  • (2007) Plenary Speaker, SIAM Dynamics, Snowbird, Utah.
  • (2007) AAAS Meeting, San Francisco.
  • (2007) Centre for Integrative Multiscale Modeling & Control and Dynamical Systems, Caltech.
  • (2007) Department of Biosciences, Birmingham University, UK.
  • (2007) Plenary Speaker, Dynamics Days, Boston.
  • (2006) Symposium on Social Facilitation, 3rd European Conference on Behavioural Biology, Belfast..
  • (2006) Guest lecturer, Workshop on Biology of Social Cognition, MRC / Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor.
  • (2006) Plenary Speaker, SIAM Annual Meeting, Boston.
  • (2006) Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University.
  • (2006) Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, UCLA.
  • (2006) Department of Zoology, University of Oxford.
  • (2006) Cornell Machines and Organisms Group, Cornell University.
  • (2006) Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University.
  • (2006) Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen, Germany.
  • (2006) Department of Mathematical Sciences, Loughborough University.
  • (2006) Department of Biology, Duke University.
  • (2005) Department of Biology, Boston University.
  • (2005) School of Biology, University of St. Andrews.
  • (2005) Dynamics Days, Long Beach, California.
  • (2005) Gordon Conference in Nonlinear Science, Colby College, Maini.
  • (2004) Organiser and scientific coordinator (with F. Schweitzer) of international workshop “Multi-agent systems: swarms, ecology and society” as part of the thematic institute “From many-particle physics to multi-agent systems” at the Max-Plank Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany.
  • (2004) “Swarm theory”, International IdeaFestival, Lexington KY.
  • (2003) Organiser (with S. Simpson) of “International workshop in Collective Behaviour”, University of Oxford, Oxford.
  • (2003) Interdisciplinary workshop on Biological and Artificial Swarms, Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, UCLA.
  • (2003) Self-organisation and collective behaviour in animal groups. Center for Nonlinear and Complex Systems, Duke University, USA.
  • (2003) Animal grouping, Workshop on Cooperative Control, Block island, Rhode Island.
  • (2002) Self-organisation and collective behaviour in fish. International workshop on the current status and new directions for studying schooling and aggregation behavior of pelagic fish, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, Coconut Island (Oahu, Hawaii).
  • (2002) Collective animal behaviour, University of Bristol, UK
  • (2001) The self-organisation of traffic on social insect trails. IUSSI European Conference, Berlin, Germany.
  • (2001) The social organisation of fish schools. XXVII International Ethological Conference, Tubingen, Germany.
  • (2001) Flights of Fluidity. Language of Water Conference (Science-Art), Bath, UK.
  • (1999) Collective behaviour in social insects. International Congress of the IUSSI, Adelaide, Australia.
  • (1998) Studying ant behaviour using image analysis. TMR Network Conference: Chemical Communication in Social Insects. Wuerzburg, Germany.
  • (1998) The collective organisation of ant exploratory and foraging behaviour. International Conference of the Centre of Mathematical Biology: the Mathematical Biology of Pattern and Process. Bath, UK.

Publications

Public understanding of science and selected media coverage

  • Through television, radio and talks I actively promote and communicate science to the public.
  • Television series include National Geographic “Great migrations” (scientific consultant), BB1 Swarm: Nature’s Incredible Invasions (2008, 2009), BBC1 Natural History Unit documentaries “Predators” (2000), “Animal Camera” (2004), “Massive Nature” (2004) and Channel 5′s “Killer Swarms” (2005)
  • The Economist, “Collective behavior: follow my leader” (2011)
  • Popular Science Magazine’s ‘Brilliant 10′ (2010)
  • New York Times Environment, “On the migratory trail, leaders and followers” (2010)
  • Wired Science, “How mass migration might have evolved” (2010)
  • Wired News, “Math is no match for locust swarms” (2010)
  • ABC News, Interviewed on “Good Morning America” (2009)
  • SEED Magazine “On my mind” by Iain Couzin (2009)
  • Edge.org Ants Have Algorithms: A Talk with Iain Couzin (2008)
  • New Scientist Feature Article The Hunger, the Horror (2008)
  • Der Spiegel Feature Article Schlauer im Swarm (2008)
  • New York Times, From Ants to People an Instinct to Swarm (2007)
  • BBC Wildlife Magazine “Mob rules” (2004)
  • Granada TV “Jungles” (2004).
  • BBC Radio 4 “Questions, questions” (2004).
  • Editor’s Choice, “Avoiding gridlock” (2003), Science, 299, 19.
  • “Army ants march to work with military efficiency” New Scientist, Jan 2003.
  • “Army ants obey traffic plan to avoid jams” National Geographic, Feb 2003.
  • “Ants offer lesson in urban living” The Guardian, Feb 2003.
  • News focus, “Getting the behavior of social insects to compute” (2002) Science, 295, 2357.
  • “Ant traffic flow: raiding swarms with few rules avoid gridlock”, Science News, Dec 2002.
  • BBC Radio 4 “The Today Programme”, “Of ants and men: traffic flow”, Jan 2003.
  • Radio South Africa “Future watch: ant traffic”, Jan 2003.
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer, “An urge to organize” Interview, Jan 2003.
  • BBC Radio 4 “Frontiers: self-organisation” (7th May, 2003).
  • Sky Network “Einstein TV” programme (November, 2001).
  • BBC Radio 4 “Nature: Natural Technology” (broadcast 14th and 15th May, 2001).

External referee for international journals

  • Including Nature, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Current Biology, Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B, Journal of Theoretical Biology, Animal Behaviour.